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Help Stop the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

 

Aquatic invasive species are non-native animals or plants that are usually spread through the water, and from one waterbody to another, by attaching to watercraft, trailers and related aquatic equipment.

Aquatic invasive species such as zebra and quagga mussels pose a serious threat to lakes and waterways in western Canada. These small but destructive mussels have been discovered in Ontario, Manitoba and 34 states, including Montana and North Dakota.

The Adult Invasive Mussel Monitoring (AIMM) Program is a partnership project with non-government organizations (NGOs) and other agencies to detect unwanted aquatic invasive mussels. Monitoring of adult invasive mussels, including zebra and quagga mussels is important for early detection in Saskatchewan. AIMM is a low-cost, low-effort monitoring program that provides a valuable tool for widespread early detection across many local waters in the province.

The province would like you to take part in the program. Knowing that there are no invasive mussels within a waterbody is as important as notifying the TIP program if an adult invasive mussel is found at a waterbody. Your help will provide us with better information of where and how to respond should a positive finding be found.

For additional information on how to participate in the AIMM Program, visit biodiversity.sk.ca/invasives.htm or contact the Ministry of Environment at 1-800-567-4224 or via email at centre.inquiry@gov.sk.ca.

Saskatchewan monitors for aquatic invasive species and takes the following steps to prevent them from entering the province's lakes and water bodies.

It is illegal to import, possess or transport high-risk aquatic species, including invasive mussels.

Provincial regulations allow conservation officers to inspect, quarantine and decontaminate watercraft known or suspected to contain invasive species.

Federal regulations allow Canada Border Security Agency officers to check private and commercial watercraft entering the province from the United States.

The province raises public awareness and educates watercraft operators on risks and prevention.

Provincial watershed groups help to monitor for zebra mussels and assist with Clean, Drain, Dry education.

The province works with other agencies and jurisdictions to coordinate inspection and other prevention measures.

 

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